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Bonnet from Vintage Linens 



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Bonnet from Vintage Linens 

Written By: Claire Joyce Johnson 



TOOLS: 



Iron (1) 

Needled) 

PDF bonnet pattern (1) 
download link in Step 1 

Pencil (1) 

Scissors (1) 
sharp 

Sewing machine (1) 

Straight pins (1) 



PARTS: 



• Thread (1) 

Vintage linens with hand embroidery (1) 
found at thrift and vintage stores 

Fabric (1) 
for lining 

1/4" double-fold bias taped) 

Rickrack (1) 

or lace, or other trim - optional 



SUMMARY 

A bonnet is a small, sweet gift for a new baby. Making one is fairly simple, and you can 
apply all sorts of personal twists to a basic bonnet pattern. I am fond of visiting vintage and 
thrift stores to search for treasures, and I tend to find myself leaving with an assortment of 
fabrics and linens. Vintage hankies, hand towels, pillowcases, and napkins are often adorned 
with hand embroidery - a detail that I love. I began collecting vintage linens before it 
occurred to me that if properly cut and assembled, these hand-adorned gems could be 
turned into perfect baby gifts. 



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Bonnet from Vintage Linens 

Every bonnet I have made using vintage linens varies greatly. You will not find hand-stitched 
linens in a standard size or shape, so I recommend really looking at the piece you choose to 
use and deciding exactly where you want the embroidered embellishments to fall on the hat. 
Occasionally I come across pieces that are edged in hand-crocheted lace, which I try to 
incorporate into the portion of the bonnet that shades the face. I have other napkins that 
have something sewn into the center - with these it might be nice to place the stitching on 
the back of the hat. The fun part of this project is how you choose to use the 
embellishments. 

Before beginning, wash all the fabrics you will be using. Be careful with the vintage 
embroidery: wash it on delicate and cold to avoid bleeding the color from the thread. 

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make two variations on this simple bonnet pattern - 
one with a flat bill and one with a ruffled bill. 



Step 1 — For both bonnets: 




• Download the bonnet pattern , print 
it, and cut out the separate pieces. 
Tape together the two crown pieces 
labeled "Pattern Piece 2" where 
indicated. 

• Select a vintage linen with 
embroidery embellishments and 
iron it flat using the appropriate 
heat setting. 



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Step 2 




• Play with the pattern pieces to 
determine how to best use the 
existing embroidery. Once you 
have settled on a design, pin the 
pattern pieces down and carefully 
cut them out. 

• Pin and cut out your pattern pieces 
for the lining from a contrasting 
fabric. 

• Using a pencil, mark the dots 
indicated on the pattern pieces onto 
both the lining and vintage fabrics. 

• Using the machine, baste stitch 
between the dots marked on the 
lining and fabric for Pattern Piece 2 
(if making the bonnet with the flat 
bill, do this with Pattern Piece 4 as 
well). Pull the thread to slightly 
gather the basted stitches. 



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Step 3 




• Pin together the right sides of 
Pattern Pieces 1 and 2, using the 
gathered fabric of 2 to ease around 
the curved edge of 1 . 

• Using the sewing machine, stitch 
pieces 1 and 2 together. Repeat 
this using the lining fabric. 



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• Optional: Stitch rickrack or lace 
along the curved edge of Pattern 
Piece 3. Because the fabric I was 
using frays easily, I also zig-zag 
stitched along the edge. 

• Step 10: Cut a 40" piece of 1/4" 
bias tape. Top stitch the open edge 
of the tape closed. 



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Step 5 




• Pin the bias tape 1/4" in from the 
straight edge of Pattern Piece 3, 
distributing the extra length evenly 
on either side (these will be the ties 
for the bonnet). 

• Stitch the bias tape in place leaving 
1/2" unsecured on each end (this 
will allow for a finishing seam). 



Step 6 





• Pin the right side of the bill (Pattern Piece 3) to the right side of the crown (Pattern Piece 
2). Stitch in place. Unfold and iron flat. 



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Step 7 




• Pin the right side of the bonnet to 
the lining, being careful to tuck the 
bias tape ties inside. Leave the 
back of the bonnet unpinned (this 
will be the opening for turning the 
hat right-side-out). Sew in place 
using a 1/4" seam allowance. 



Step 8 




• Turn the bonnet right-side-out by 
pulling the fabric through the 
opening left in the back of the 
bonnet. Iron seams flat. 



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Step 9 — For a bonnet with a ruffled bill: 

• Cut a 40" piece of 1/4" bias tape. Top stitch the open edge of the tape closed. 

• Pin the bias tape 1/4" in from the straight edge of Pattern Piece 2, distributing the extra 
length evenly on either side (these will be the ties for the bonnet). 

• Stitch the bias tape in place leaving 1/2" unsecured on each end (this will allow for a 
finishing seam). 



Step 10 




• Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffled 
bill that is 5" x 40" (I used my lining 
fabric for this, but fabric the same 
color as the cap of the bonnet 
looks great as well). 



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Step 11 




• Fold together the right sides of the 
ruffle and stitch the short ends 
closed (you will now have a strip 
that is 2 1/2" x 40"). 

• Turn the ruffle strip right-side-out 
and iron the folded edge in place. 
Baste stitch along the open edge. 



Step 12 




• Pull on the threads of the baste 
stitching to gather the ruffle. 



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Step 13 




• Pin the gathered edge of the ruffle 
to the right side of the crown 
(Pattern Piece 2), evenly 
distributing the gathers. Stitch in 
place. 

• Pin the right side of the bonnet to 
the lining, being careful to tuck the 
bias tape ties inside. Leave the 
back of the bonnet unpinned (this 
will be the opening for turning the 
hat right-side-out). Sew in place 
using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

• Turn the bonnet right-side-out by 
pulling the fabric through the 
opening left in the back of the 
bonnet. Iron seams flat. 



Step 14 — To finish both bonnets: 




• Use a needle and thread to blind 
stitch the open back of the bonnet 
closed. 



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